Carnival recovery gathers speed

SINGAPORE, September 27 2021: Carnival Corporation expects to return over 50% of its total fleet capacity to guest cruise operations by the end of October, representing a significant milestone for the company’s previously announced plans to resume service with nearly 65% of its fleet capacity by the New Year.

To date, eight of the company’s nine cruise line brands – Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard – have resumed guest sailings.

By the end of October, those eight brands will operate 42 ships, marking the return of over 50% of the company’s global fleet capacity as part of overall restart efforts around the world.

Collectively, the corporation’s brands are resuming operations using a gradual, phased-in approach, with sailings from major global ports in multiple regions worldwide, including the US, Mexico, Caribbean, the UK, Western Europe and the Mediterranean.

The following summarises Carnival Corporation’s brand restart announcements to date, including those contributing to the 50% milestone in October, along with plans for additional ship restarts as part of the company’s overall goal to return nearly 65% of capacity by December 31, 2021.

  • Carnival Cruise Line plans to have 13 ships sailing in October and a total of 17 ships by year-end.
  • Princess Cruises plans to have six ships sailing in October, with eight total ships in operation by the end of the year.
  • Holland America Line plans to have four ships in operation in October, with a total of six ships in operation by the end of the year. Additionally, the brand has announced plans for all 11 ships in its fleet to be in service by spring 2022.
  • Seabourn plans to operate its full fleet by spring 2022, including a new expedition ship with its first sailing in April 2022, totalling six ships in service next year.
  • Costa Cruises plans to have five ships in operation in October, with a total of six ships in operation by the end of the year.
  • AIDA Cruises plans to have eight ships in operation in October, with a total of 10 ships in operation by the end of the year.
  • P&O Cruises (UK) plans to have three ships in operation in October, with a total of four ships in operation by the end of the year. Additionally, the brand has announced plans to operate its full fleet by spring 2022.
  • Cunard plans to have two of the three ships in its fleet in operation by the end of the year. Additionally, the brand has announced plans to resume operations with its remaining ship in spring 2022.

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